Trayvon Martin Case Brings More Questions

A Los Angeles woman attends a condemning the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Photo: Dennis J. Freeman

The pot in the tragic Trayon Martin shooting saga has been stirred again. Literally. So the state of Florida released round and rounds of documents to highlight the evidence and justify their findings to charge neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

Among the more controversial things to come out of the report was the fact that Martin had small traces of marijuana in his blood the night he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, according to an autopsy that was performed on the dead teenager’s body.

Ironically, Zimmerman was never tested for any type drugs or alcohol by investigating law enforcement personnel of the Sanford, Florida Police Department to see if there were any illicit substances consumed by the 9mm-toting 28-year-old overzealous neighborhood protector.  Many in the media are making a big stink about the then 17-year-old Martin walking around with marijuana as if he was some crazed madman out to commit a crime.

This case has and is about whether or not an innocent person not committing a crime being able to protect him or herself under the guise of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law to protect themselves from stalkers or complete strangers pursuing them. Zimmerman was the pursuer, Martin was minding his business when he was allegedly followed.

The media’s fixation on this case and the criminal justice system are both on trial in this highly-visible case.  The vilification of the now deceased Martin plays into the race card fixation by the media on the level it usually views black men.

The media-mainstream media- are same group of people who go out their way to be more sympathetic with high-profile white entertainers and sports figures such Lindsay Lohan and major league baseball star Josh Hamilton who have had addictions to illegal substances.

Yet, it is these same individuals who find it quite easy and convenient to rip a young black boy who was just walking home to his father’s house before his life was cut down by a nut job.  Everything about this case is wrong. From the shoddy and permissively erroneous behavior by the Sanford Police Department to Zimmerman’s lack of bail shows favoritism in his favor.

The fact his father is a former judge probably has a lot to do with Zimmerman being allowed to cover up the fact he had secured over $200,000 in donors  through his website after appearing in court to say he didn’t have any money. This has wrongdoing all over it.

Then there is the matter of the judge not deciding what he is going to do about the issue that kind of reeks of the prejudiced and bias favor towards Zimmerman and speaks loudly to the same type of injustice we’ve seen done to black victims of the criminal justice system.

Demonstrators let their voices be heard about the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Los Angeles. Photo: Dennis J. Freeman

Historically, black people have never put their trust in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Why should they now? In their minds this is just another case where a white defendant will likely get off with justification of murdering an innocent black youth.

The issue of a fight or brawl is a non-issue as Zimmerman and his attorney tries to invoke Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” clause. If reports are accurate as they say they are, Zimmerman allegedly followed and confronted Martin. Logic and reasonable thinking suggest that if Martin was followed by this unknown person in the rain and in the dark, he would have the right to stand his ground and defend himself against an unidentifiable stranger?

Most reasonable people would probably agree with that assessment, given they may be thinking their life may be in jeopardy. Zimmerman allegedly got a beat down from Martin as a result of that confrontation. Martin may have given Zimmerman a broken nose. But that does not give Zimmerman the right or license to take a child’s life after he initiated the confrontation by following Martin, even though a 911 police dispatcher instructed him to back off.

If a complete stranger was following me in the daytime, let alone in the dark, and does not identify himself to me as law enforcement, I would be worried about my safety. It’s simply human nature to worry about self-preservation first.

Look, I am a 48-year-old father of five children. If someone were to follow me and stalk me, I would assume the worst and feel like that someone was trying to harm me. If I think you’re going to harm me, my mentality is that I’m going to take you down before you get to me. So why wouldn’t a 17-year-old child feel scared and think that person doing the stalking was trying to harm him? Is that too far out of reality?

No, I think not.

Don’t we tell our kids not to talk to strangers? Don’t we tell our children to fight with every muscle fiber in their bodies if a strange person they don’t know approaches them and tries to do harm? This is what I tell my kids. I tell them to kick, scratch, yell, scream, and do whatever it takes to get away from the imminent danger posed by that particular stranger if they feel as if their lives are in danger.

And when you’re scared, you’re capable of doing things you might not ever do because of the high adrenaline rush of anxiety flowing through your body. So on that fateful night of February 26, the night he lost his life, it is an assumption that Martin feared for his life when he was followed and confronted by Zimmerman.

It is also an assumption that Zimmerman went overboard and acted with a premeditated calculation that when he saw Martin he saw a black thug looking to commit a crime. Because under any circumstances, it is not normal for any man to walk up to other man and confront him unless he has immediate backup. In the case of Zimmerman-that backup was his 9mm handgun.  And now Zimmerman is using this avoidable tragedy as an excuse to have committed justifiable homicide.






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